Daily Briefs

Schwarzenegger fails to deliver on central promise

During the insanity that became California’s recall campaign of 2003, candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger promised that he would bring spending in line with tax revenues and enact long-term budget reform. Now, serving out his final year in office, Schwarzenegger faces an... (Continue reading)

Education rally planned for Wednesday in Paso

A public rally to call attention to California’s broken education funding process is set for Wednesday May 19 in Paso Robles. The event is part of a statewide series of rallies being organized Wednesday by the newly-formed California Advocates United... (Continue reading)

CSU summer school students face extra fee

Students registering for summer school classes on the 23 California State University campuses are discovering an extra fee on their bill, raising the cost for a full load by about $1,000. [Sacramento Bee] The new fee translates into as much... (Continue reading)

Cotton Fire burns 1,850 acres

Throughout Saturday night, crews battled a brush fire north of New Cuyama that has grown to 1,850 acres, and as of 9:19 a.m. Sunday, the blaze is 45 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire. The... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande woman wins $10,000 in radio contest

An Arroyo Grande woman won $10,000 Saturday afternoon in the “Break the Bank” contest sponsored by El Dorado Broadcasters. Arica Cain stunned the assembled crowd in the Harley Davidson showroom in Santa Maria when she won the cash prize within... (Continue reading)

California woman receives college diploma at 94

A 94-year-old Bay Area woman is the second oldest person ever to receive a college diploma. [San Francisco Chronicle] Hazel Soares of San Leandro was one of about 500 students to receive a diploma Saturday from Mills College in Oakland.... (Continue reading)

California marijuana prices plummet

Northern California pot growers are facing a new and serious challenge: Falling prices. [California Watch] With a more tolerant legal environment and a rush of new growers, wholesale prices for marijuana cultivated in outdoor pot gardens have plummeted this year... (Continue reading)

Poor to suffer most under governor’s proposed budget

Gov. Schwarzenegger outlined his new budget on Friday, a proposal that would eliminate the state’s welfare-to-work program and most child care for the poor. [Los Angeles Times] The governor’s $83.4 billion plan would also freeze funding for local schools, further... (Continue reading)

Central Coast Magazine may be folding

Central Coast Magazine (CCM), unofficial chronicler of the lifestyles of the local rich and famous, may be publishing its final issue. [Tribune] The glossy publication, originally started in 2003, faces mounting debt, a loss of advertising revenue, and legal infighting.... (Continue reading)

New Times, old photo?

In a much to do about nothing scenario, New Times co-publisher Alex Zuniga sent out e-mails that said both CalCoastNews and Arroyo Grande High School had broken copyright laws because they had put a New Times photo of the high... (Continue reading)